Award number six for Stornoway energy project

Screengrab from the virtual awards ceremony, with Donald John MacSween from Point and Sandwick Trust in the top left corner.

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Community wind farm organisation Point and Sandwick Trust won its sixth award last Thursday at the Highlands and Islands Renewable Energy Awards 2021.

The social enterprise, which runs the UK’s biggest community-owned wind farm at Beinn Ghrideag just outside Stornoway, beat Westray Development Trust and BroomPower to be named ‘Best Community Energy Project’ at the event which was hosted from the Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness with nominees taking part virtually.

Giving the judging panel’s feedback about why they chose Point and Sandwick Trust, event host Nicky Marr said it had been ‘a really strong category… in which it was hard to choose between the three’. What stood out for the judges was ‘the way Point and Sandwick Trust was using the proceeds of a renewables project to help the entire community in difficult times’.